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The Packers’ best new face so far is the player selected with the 33rd pick in the draft.

Green Bay Press Gazette-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Green Bay Packers have 21 players on the current 53-man roster who were not on it at the end of last season.

Of those 21, the Packers acquired them as follows:

  • Nine free agent signings
  • Six picks from the 2017 NFL Draft
  • Three undrafted rookies
  • One player claimed on waivers from another team (Chris Odom)
  • One player signed off another team’s practice squad (Ulrick JohnCardinals)
  • One player who spent 2016 on the Packers’ practice squad (Lucas Patrick)

Of those players, however, two stand out among all others as the best newcomers to the Packers’ roster so far in this early season. Those two are the Packers’ top two draft picks, cornerback Kevin King and safety/nitro linebacker Josh Jones.

However, while Jones has been a playmaker in the middle of the defense, playing primarily inside linebacker over the past two games, King’s early emergence as a boundary corner has been critical to the Packers’ success in defending the pass.

For some context, the Packers are currently 5th in passing yards allowed, though their ranking drops to 17th in opponents’ passer rating and they are 15th in pass DVOA. Last season in those three measures, the team ranked 31st, 26th, and 23rd, respectively.

Still, the Packers have faced significant issues at the cornerback position this season, with veteran free agent signing Davon House missing two-plus games with an injury and third-year players Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins effectively being benched over the past two weeks. Not coincidentally, King has stepped into the starting lineup and since doing so he has largely held his own against a few of the premier wide receivers in the NFL.

After Julio Jones was torching the Packers in the early going during their week two game in Atlanta, King entered the game and shadowed him for much of the rest of the game, keeping him largely in check and not allowing a reception into his coverage. King struggled a bit more when asked to shadow the Bengals’ A.J. Green in week three, but played well against a brutally weak Bears’ receiving corps in week four. Furthermore, APC’s Peter Bukowski found this little nugget which, small sample size aside, is certainly notable:

Packers rookie Kevin King has a better passer rating allowed in coverage than Patrick Peterson, Desmond Trufant, and Marcus Peters.

Meanwhile, the players lining up at the other corner spots have rotated heavily. Randall’s struggles led to his benching against the Bears, meaning Josh Hawkins played every snap in the second half last Thursday. Rollins, meanwhile, was removed from the lineup prior to week three’s game, being replaced as the primary slot cornerback by Morgan Burnett.

Of course, Josh Jones has provided some highlight-reel plays, including a pair of sacks in week three and some notable tackles for loss. However, the Packers’ defense would still be able to function without him lining up in the middle — in fact, they did so for much of the first half against Chicago, moving him around and giving him some rest when they lined up with a pair of more conventional inside linebackers.

Remove King from the equation and the Packers would be down to an injured veteran, two benched third-year pros, a second-year undrafted free agent, and an undrafted rookie who has yet to take a snap on defense in a regular season game.

For that reason, Kevin King earns our vote as the Packers’ best newcomer over the first quarter of the 2017 season.

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The Falcons have played two exhibition games at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and will host the Packers tonight in their first regular-season home game. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC)

Remember when the Falcons faced the Saints in the final game at the Georgia Dome in January, but then there was another game?

And then another?

Well, Sunday’s Falcons-Packers game will be the ‘second’ home opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and it appears the franchise saved the best for last.

A sellout crowd, national TV audience and the NFL commissioner are among the highlights of the first regular-season NFL game in the $1.5 billion facility – and it just happens to feature the teams that met in the ‘final’ Georgia Dome finale.

The Falcons played two exhibition games at MBS in August, the ‘first’ home opener against the Cardinals Aug. 26 and the Jaguars on Aug. 31.

Here are a few things you should know if you’re going to the game, what to expect once you get there and of course the game itself:

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Can the Falcons deliver a better offensive performance than Week 1? We’re bullish.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back! Another week, another chance to put your randomly useful ability to project the statistical output of a football team to use.

Here we simply look at the projected team total for points and yardage (and points and yardage allowed) and break out the yardage and scoring outputs on offense, and the big plays on defense. Since we have the Falcons winning again this week, I hope we’re at least somewhatright here.

How’d I do last week? I was off by 8 points and 58 yards on offense, and 3 points and 14 yards on defense. My closest projects were Matt Ryan (who did not have 3 TDs, but did have 321 yards, just one above where I thought he’d be) and Vic Beasley (who did indeed have one sack), but I wasn’t close otherwise because I severely underrated the Bears.

Here’s my projections against the Packers. Share yours in the comments, if you would.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Titletown Park opens Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration.

The Green Bay Packers are inviting the public to come check out the new park, located off Ridge Road, at 3 p.m. It’s part of the Titletown District development near Lambeau Field.

The grand opening will feature live music, face painting, shuffleboard, bean bag toss, and a giant Jenga-style game.

Titletown Park will feature a number of activities for the public throughout the year, including everything from exercise and wellness classes to chess lessons. There’s a playground and sports field.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy will speak Friday at the grand opening.

Coming this fall: the tubing hill and a bistro called 46 Below. That’s a reference to the wind chill during the 1967 Ice Bowl NFL Championship game.

There’s also an event space on the second level that will be called Rockwood Terrace. That’s a reference to Rockwood Lodge, the Packers’ former training facility used during the 1940s.

Action 2 News will be at the grand opening and have coverage tonight.

Fans have the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game

The Green Bay Packers and the USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin in Partnership with Pick ‘n Save, are offering fans the chance of a lifetime to do the Lambeau Leap during the Dec. 23 game against the Minnesota Vikings through the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Contest.”

On or about Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, a random drawing will select 25 winners from among all eligible entries received. Each randomly selected winner will be awarded a $50 gift card to the Packers Pro Shop.

Of the 25 winners, 10 finalists will be selected in a random drawing to receive a Lambeau Leap Instructional Overview and Meet and Greet with a Packers player in a classroom setting at Lambeau Field and a Lambeau Leap tryout on Dec. 5, 2017.

Of the ten participants who undergo Leap tryouts, the participant with the best overall leap will be selected as the Grand-Prize winner, based on criteria outlined in the Ultimate Leap Contest Official Rules as listed on The remaining nine finalists will receive a jersey autographed by a Packers player.

The Grand-Prize winner will be invited to take the “Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap” on Dec. 23, 2017, during the Packers-Vikings game at Lambeau Field and will receive the game ball from the contest, an authentic Green Bay Packers team jersey with his/her name on the back, four VIP sideline passes for pre-game, and four Club Seats to the game.

Fans can also watch for the Pick ‘n Save Ultimate Leap Traveling Wall at participating Pick ‘n Save locations to practice the Ultimate Leap in person. The Traveling Wall will make its first appearance this Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Pick ‘n Save at 5800 S. 108th Street in Hales Corners, Wis. and those who visit can be entered to win the contest.

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The Packers’ annual Coats for Kids collection will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lambeau Field

The Packers’ annual Coats for Kids collection will take place Sunday, Sept. 24, at Lambeau Field prior to the Green Bay Packers-Cincinnati Bengals game. Fans attending the game will have the opportunity to donate new and gently used winter coats for distribution to needy children through area Salvation Army units.

Cash donations will be accepted as well.

The Salvation Army will be collecting coats and cash donations at locations around the Lambeau Field parking lots beginning at 11:25 a.m.

The Salvation Army and several area cleaners – Lindeman’s Cleaning, Royal Cleaners and Martinizing Dry Cleaning Service – are again leading the seasonal effort to collect coats. Coats can be dropped off at the participating cleaners, at local Salvation Army locations, as well as at the locations listed at, in addition to being brought to Sunday’s game.

Collections at the game will take place until kickoff and the number of coats collected will be announced during the second half of the game.

Last year, the Coats for Kids collection garnered more than 450 coats and $10,000 in cash donations prior to the Packers-Cowboys game.

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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.

We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the play of Kentrell Brice and how he’s become the enforcer in the Packers defensive backfield.

From Ryan:

Reckless abandon fuels each collision, a disregard for his safety as much as the poor soul he’s about to flatten. As Kentrell Brice approaches his target, he calculates angles and simultaneously clears his mind.

He knows this will hurt. It usually hurts. He just doesn’t care.

“You don’t think,” Brice said. “You just hit.”

Brice is a walking conundrum in a safety-wrapped sport. The NFL, reacting to concussion concerns, clamped down on head hunters in the past decade. New rules restrict violence the league once glorified, shrinking windows for legal blows. Big hits are supposed to be nearing extinction.

Somebody forgot to tell Brice.

Things aren’t looking good for Bryan Bulaga’s chances of playing Sunday night:

Bulaga sent home for a second straight day due to flu-like symptoms. 

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Packers again send tackle Bryan Bulaga home due to illness

The Green Bay Packers are not going to know right tackle Bryan Bulaga’s status until at least Friday.

Great look at the gunners on punt coverage from Michael Cohen:

Teams used to double Janis to neutralize him. It’s not so easy anymore. 

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Josh Jones, Jeff Janis give Packers 1-2 punch on punt coverage

In the early stages of Jeff Janis’ rebirth as a special teams star, the Packers wide receiver absorbed a lesson in respect from coordinator Ron Zook.

Fantastic stuff from Rich Ryman on the bond of Packers fandom:

Love of @packers made easy decision on hosting Japanese fans. 

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Love of Packers made easy decision on hosting Japanese fans

Hobart family opening house to two dozen Japanese Packers fans for Cincinnati game weekend

Tom Silverstein leads Packers Notes with Davante Adams being healthy this time around for the Packers’ trip to Atlanta:

Adams’ last trip to Atlanta marred by ankle injury. 

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Packers notes: Davante Adams eager for healthy shot at Falcons

The last time Packers wide receiver Davante Adams walked into the Falcons’ home stadium, he was doing everything he could not to limp.

Elsewhere, the Packers officially open up the Titletown District today:

Mike Daniels pretty much is an anime character at this point:

Top Tweets: Packers’ Mike Daniels becomes an anime character – 

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Top Tweets: Packers’ Mike Daniels becomes an anime character

FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Tom Dierberger scours cyberspace for the week’s top tweets

Move the Sticks has their game preview:

Could it be that Falcons fans are nervous about Sunday night’s big matchup?

Are @AtlantaFalcons fans on edge with the Packers coming to town? 

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Excitement, concerns and paranoia intensifying as Packers-Falcons showdown draws closer

As the showdown with the Packers nears, Falcons fans are excited … and a bit on edge

Rob Demovsky writes on how Ty Montgomery may emulate James White during the Super Bowl:

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The NFL’s opening weekend will attract bets from the average Joe to professional bettors for some of the biggest games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are nearly favored by double digits on the road against the division rival Cleveland Browns. And the Dallas Cowboys, who will have RB Ezekiel Elliott available, are four-point home favorites against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in a game that’s already had plenty of line movement.

With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you’ll want to know to what SportsLine’s advanced computer model is picking.

SportsLine’s Projection Model went an amazing 174-80-2 on straight-up NFL pickslast season — better than all 98 experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.

Every single one.

SportsLine computer picks would have also won over 96 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool Manager pools that made straight up picks last season.

With Week 1 already here, the computer simulated every matchup 10,000 times and came up with some surprising results.

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The team that brought you the 2015 “Hulk Lacy/Cheesehead Nation” and the 2016 “Hail Rodgers” murals have plans to create another iconic work on “The Packers Fence” along Lombardi Avenue, directly across from Lambeau Field.

Zane Statz and Spencer Young, along with Cheesehead TV, will feature Packers’ players from the defensive side of the ball in a comic-book themed piece titled “Defenders of Lambeau.”

Mr. Young painted Aaron Rodgers and the Receiver while Mr. Statz did the “Hail Rodgers,” football, CheeseheadTV   logo,   and   stencil   work

Mr. Young painted Aaron Rodgers and the Receiver while Mr. Statz did the “Hail Rodgers,” football, CheeseheadTV logo, and stencil work

One of the subjects of the mural is no stranger to playing the role of comic book hero. This past July, defensive lineman Mike Daniels attended Comic Con, a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, in full costume, drawing national media attention. Only, Daniels didn’t attend the convention as the menacing, disruptive, and run-stuffing defensive lineman that Packers’ fans are used to seeing on Sundays, rather Daniels dressed as a popular character from a Japanese animation series. “This kind of stuff, it wasn’t the cool thing when I was growing up,” Daniels said according to a July 28th ESPN feature. “Now, pop culture is comic books, super-hero movies, anime, manga, and I’ve been doing it for a long time.” The artists play off this passion in the mural with a custom-designed Mike Daniels anime character by Mr. Young. The mural will also feature another Packers’ star who certainly looks the part of superhero. Clay Matthews III, the figurehead of the Packers’ defense with a penchant for flexing his biceps and letting his long blond locks flow, has long been compared to Marvel Entertainment superhero Thor. Mr. Statz incorporaated a custom Thor-inspired design of Matthews to complete the “Defenders of Lambeau” mural.

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Taysom Hill completed 14 of 20 passes for 149 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions (124.8 rating) in the preseason. He also had a game-winning 23-yard touchdown scramble at Washington in Week 2.


GREEN BAY — Where will the Green Bay Packers put their No. 3 quarterback — on their 53-man roster or on their practice squad?

With uncertainty at several other positions and injuries complicating matters as the team works to pare the roster by the NFL’s 3 p.m. deadline today, there’s a good chance the Packers will risk losing impressive undrafted rookie free agent Taysom Hill on the waiver wire.

“Everything else that happens now is out of my hands. I hope I did enough and I hope I put enough film together to stick around Green Bay. Obviously, it would be a perfect scenario for me,” Hill said after leading a pair of scoring drives in Thursday night’s preseason-ending 24-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. “If not, I hope there’s opportunities elsewhere.”

Earlier in the week, coach Mike McCarthy was asked whether his experience in 2013, when starter Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone and missed 7½ games, affected how he feels about carrying three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.

That year, the Packers had dumped all three of their training camp quarterbacks — Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young — and brought in two quarterbacks the week of the regular-season opener: journeyman Seneca Wallace as the backup, and ex-University of Wisconsin starter Scott Tolzien on the practice squad.

When Rodgers went down, Wallace got hurt the following week and Tolzien was up-and-down, the Packers were fortunate former backup Matt Flynn became available in time to help them save their season. Since then, though, the Packers have not gone into a season with only two quarterbacks on the roster: They went with Rodgers, Flynn and Tolzien in 2014; Rodgers, Tolzien and Brett Hundley in 2015; and Rodgers, Hundley and Joe Callahan last year.

For five years (2009 through 2013), it’d been standard operating procedure for the Packers to go into the season with two quarterbacks on the roster and a developmental third QB on the practice squad. Now, it looks like they might return to that approach, whether it’s Hill or Callahan as the No. 3. Hill was more impressive in preseason, but the Packers could cut both and add to the practice squad whichever one makes it through waivers.

“I mean, ’13 is obviously part of your experience, part of your past. It’s important to learn from those situations,” McCarthy said. “But when you keep a third quarterback, he has to earn it. It’s really about the 53-man roster. I’d like to have four quarterbacks here in the building at all times. That would be the preference. But that 51st, 52nd, 53rd (roster spot) — wherever that third quarterback would fall in your thinking — those are positions that need to be earned.”

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